I had so many questions about choosing low volume fabrics after I shared my last few patterns, I wrote up a post about them!
Low volume (or low value as they should be called?) fabrics add so much character to a quilt, especially when mixed together like I did in the background of these quilts:
I used up the majority of my low volume stash when I was making my quilts, but I pulled a few of my remaining prints to show you the variety I buy:
I buy fabrics with white, off white, or gray backgrounds, with small gray, black, or taupe prints. If you look back at my quilts, you'll notice that having a variety of white, off white, and light gray makes the background look more scrappy. It makes it more interesting to look at!
I use a lot of dots, text prints, stripes, graphic prints, music, and any near solid prints. I don't use many colors because I feel like they can detract from the color prints in the pattern...but it depends on the pattern.
Here's a handful of low volume fabrics I found at Fat Quarter Shop that I loved after doing a quick search:
If the links are broken it probably means they sold out, but a great way to find low volume prints is by searching their Background section, Black and White, Text, and Dots. Also Dear Stella makes some of my favorite low volume fabrics ever.
My preferred way of buying low volume fabric is in fat quarter bundles. Etsy has a great variety...I found lots of great ones by searching "low volume fabric bundles".
These light prints can be really hard to purchase online because it's so hard to see the prints on the screen...so if you are lucky enough to have a quilt shop close by, low volumes are best to buy in person!